Sustainability at W&L

Sustainability

At W&L, we have a community whose members are sensitive to the stewardship of natural resources and mindful of their responsibility to future generations.

Many students get involved by participating in the Energy Education Program, working with the Office of Sustainability, living in Sustainability House, or participating in sustainability internships with community organizations that share a dedication to positive environmental stewardship. 

Our commitment to sustainability includes a plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050, and it can be spotted in projects big and small across campus, such as our half-acre campus garden, robust composting and recycling programs, and rooftop solar panels and LEED certifications on some buildings.

A Community Garden

Campus Garden
Produce from our organic garden contribute to meals in university dining venues and is shared with Campus Kitchen, which combats hunger in the local community. The garden also serves as an education space for interested students.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Composting and Recycling
A major part of our strategy revolves around the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. We reduce our amount of material items through mindful purchasing, we reuse items or give them to others and recycle what can no longer be used.

Students in Action

Student Opportunities
Among many activities, students may also take classes in sustainability, live in the Sustainability House and get involved with several campus-based clubs and organizations committed to responsible consumption.

Campus-wide Efforts

The Office of Sustainability
Whether optimizing operations at the Central Power Plant or holding an energy-reduction contest, program staff are engaged in helping W&L work toward our goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.